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Wound Healing Center Observes its 6th Anniversary with a Community Open House

The Wound Healing Center (WHC) is celebrating its sixth year in operation at Wood County Hospital on Friday, January 30, 2015 with a community open house from 2-4:30 p.m. Attendees with have an opportunity to meet the physicians and staff, tour the facility which includes two Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers, and win prizes. Free refreshments will be served. The Center is located in the Rehabilitation Services Building at 1037 Conneaut Ave., Suite 207. The phone number is (419) 373-7680.

The program was established in January 2009 as a partnership between Wood County Hospital and National Healing Centers (now Healogics, Inc.), the largest provider of wound care and related disease management services in the United States.

In observance of its sixth anniversary "Wood County Hospital is committed to providing greater access for the community to important health services such as wound care treatment," noted Stan Korducki, Wood County Hospital President. "The Wound Healing Center has been an important addition to our portfolio of services".

"Not only does the Wound Healing Center support the hospital's strategic goal of providing healthcare to Wood County residents, but it also draws patients to Wood County Hospital from the surrounding area," noted Teri Laurer, WCH Director. "In the last year we have seen an increase in referrals from communities in Henry and Defiance counties."

WHC offers advanced wound therapies for patients with chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions that have been present for weeks, months, or years and show no sign of improvement with standard threatment. The Center has a success rate of healing 98 percent of the wounds it treats within 14 weeks, which far exceeds national benchmarks established amoung wound healing centers across the country.

The Center's team of physicians and nurses, all specialty trained in advanced wound care uses the latest assessment and therapeutic methods. Its physician panel includes Todd Tamlyn, M.D.; Medical Director and General Surgeon; Richard Walsh, M.D., Family Practice; Richard Barker, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon; and Gregory Black, DPM, Podiatrist.

"Patients come to the Wound Healing Center at Wood County Hospital for a variety of reasons," Dr. Tamlyn said. "We have patients with diabetic wounds, vascular problems, burns post-surgical wounds, wounds secondary to chemotherapy and radiation treatment."

"We use a wide variety of treatment modalities avaliable, ranging from dressings and debridement to hyperbaric oxygen treatment therapy," said Dr. Tamlyn. "Our physicians and staff are trained and certified in wound care, and most of the equipment we use wouldn't be found in a primary care office."

"The majority of wounds have a big impact on the patient's lifestyle, "notes Dr. Tamlyn, "Patients might be bed bound, wheelchair bound or be in chronic pain from day to day. Our goal is to bring them back to a normal lifestyle so they can fulfill and persue their prior activites."